Name: Place Where Francisco Garces Crossed the Kern River
Site Number: #278
Date Visited: 01/17/2015
Other Designation: None
Plaque Status: Private Plaque
Location: 15770 Kern Canyon Rd,, Bakersfield, CA 93306
Description: On May 1, 1776, Franciscan friar Francisco Garcés crossed the Kern River one mile north of here. Searching for a shorter route from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, California, he was the first known explorer to describe this river, which he named Río de San Felipe.